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Tattoo Ideas: Arabic Words + Phrases

Updated on February 19, 2013
"Beautiful" Arabic tattoos
"Beautiful" Arabic tattoos

Although it is not uncommon to see Arabic lettering tattoos in the United States, many people residing in Middle East countries like Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia (particularly followers of Islam) are staunchly against it. Informed readers may be scratching their heads and wondering, "But what about henna?" You are absolutely right. Henna, the art of decorating the hands and feet with a paste made from the Hina plant, originated in the Middle East. The women there adorn their bodies with Henna to celebrate births, victories, birthdays, circumcisions and especially weddings. And yet tattoos are strictly forbidden because, unlike Henna, which washes off within several days, tattoos are permanent. It is unlawful to have anything on your body which God did not create--tattoos, piercing, even plastic surgery procedures are an abomination. Unless it is done to eliminate pain, all surgeries which alter one's appearance in any way are against Islamic law.

Of course, this does not prevent Arabs and non-Arabs alike from getting Arabic tattoos. I always recommend consulting several different sources if you're looking to translate an English word or phrase into a foreign language and are not a native speaker of the language yourself. When it comes to Arabic translations, however, this task may prove to be a bit difficult; due to their religious beliefs, some Arabs will not even partake in the translation if they know it will be used as a tattoo.

If you are interested in getting an Arabic tattoo, keep in mind that Arabic is written from right to left using 18 distinct letter shapes which may vary slightly depending on which letters come before and after. The shapes will change in order to be connected to the letters that surround it. There are also different types of script used in traditional Arabic calligraphy as early as the 7th century: Farsi, Naskh, Kufi, Deewani, Req'aa and Thuluth. Again, it is important to consult several different sources to ensure your translation is correct. Native speakers or scholars of the language are your best bet. Although the Internet is ripe with translation services, finding one can be difficult when it comes to Arabic because there are not many that specialize in Arabic translations. Here are two that I have found: Your name in Arabic and Arabic translator

ARABIC TATTOOS

"Brother"
"Brother"
"Flower"
"Flower"
"Forgiveness"
"Forgiveness"
"Holy warrior"
"Holy warrior"
"I will love my mother always"
"I will love my mother always"
"Love"
"Love"
"Peace"
"Peace"
"Serenity, strength, courage"
"Serenity, strength, courage"

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      Shahzad 4 years ago

      good tattos made more i love body tattos

      Mohammadshahzad739@yahoo.com

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      qw 4 years ago

      valeria

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      Surge 4 years ago

      Hi. anyone who are willing to translate "Nobody can hurt me without my permission." in arabic? please i need your help. I want to have a arabic tattoo. thanks in advance. You can e-mail me: raides88888@yahoo.com

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      Unknown 4 years ago

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      Michelle 4 years ago

      Hi if you are looking for an Arabic Tattoo design artist then visit this page.

      I highly recommend him..

      Very reasonable prices and creative designs.

      They offer free consultations as well.

      https://www.facebook.com/bywashm

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      dhel 4 years ago

      can i you give me an example of the arabic word for respect and loyalty just email me @ johndhel3@yahoo.com thank you very much

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      vladbusers 5 years ago

      ???????? ? vladklad.ru ?? ??????!!! ???????? ?????? ?????????? ?? ???????????? ? ??? ?????? ????????????! ?????: ?? ????????, ?? ????? ??????!!!

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      hussein 5 years ago

      hi, I am egptian

      I will translate what you want

      manhamada33@yahoo.com

      ________________________

      you are welcome =ay khedma

      bye = maa alsalama

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      anon 5 years ago

      Wow. That last one is so wrong. That's what you get for trying to get a tattoo in a language you don't know.

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      Talal 5 years ago

      Music ( ?????? )

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      TSharin 5 years ago

      The very first picture on the upper right of this article is not Arabic. It's Bangla or Bangali.

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      emene 5 years ago

      does anyone know how to write "music" in arabic?

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      Emily 5 years ago

      Please anyone help me to translate "If nothing goes right...go left". Thanks thanks thanks

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      Ahmad 5 years ago

      Most of the translation is wrong and even the Arabic words is not right

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      browniegurl 5 years ago

      I'm Egyptian and i can help anyone want arabic translation

      msg me at aya8012@live.com ;)

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      Katie 5 years ago

      Hi, guys! Want to get a tattoo on my lower back. Found a pic on the Internet but wanna check what it means. Can someone please please help with translation? Mail me at ipanda@inbox.ru Thanks a lot :)

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      solara ! 5 years ago

      heeey yeees i'm arabic girl and i know how 2 wirte it love the way you are ! (??? ??? ??? )

      or u can do it (??? ???????) !!

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      hinata 5 years ago

      love the tattoos.does anyone know how to write "Love the way you are" in Arabic

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      Ali 5 years ago

      Nice.... I L I K E I T ????????? ?????

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      coyotech 5 years ago

      Yeah, the Hebrew one, forgiveness, is also wrong. The word is meant to be slichot, and it says slichoch. The lamed shouldn't have a point over it. But at least you can figure out what it was supposed to be...

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      5 years ago

      In Islam tattoo's are not allowed they are considered Haram. Why brothers and sisters think it's acceptable is beyond me. Allah knows best and may he forgive us our short commings but think before you do such things. Peace & Blessings all.

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      ruth barut 5 years ago

      how do you write if nothing else i am myself

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      Riz 5 years ago

      THE BEST ADVICE TO ARABIC TATTOOS:

      Dear everyone,

      I wandered onto this site and have been a little surprised to learn how popular Arabic tattoos are. Arabic is pretty and of course all the more so, if it is embellished with exquisite calligraphy.So, can't blame you!

      Well, just as a bit of background: Jews, Muslims & Christians, I was taught, generally have an abhorrence to tattooing and excessive piercing as respecting he body and preserving it as God intended is closer to the prophetic spirituality that these religions represent. However hard I try to stretch my imagination, I can't picture a Prophet coming to his people with a serious message adorned in facial piercings or sagging, wrinkly tattoos!

      Anyway, look, if you are going to permanently inscribe a message on your body, despite all the regrets you may hae about it in years to come and also how ridiculous it will look when you're old and saggy, at least do it with respect, dignity and elegance - you owe at least that much to your body, don't you?

      So a few tips:

      TRANSLATION

      as mentioned by everyone, make sure you translate well. Each word in every language has a basic meaning but also connotations, and if you use a word with the wrong connotations, you just make a fool of yourself and become the stub of ridicule.

      TRANSLITERATION

      Moving to Arabic is moving to a different literal tradition. It is written from right to left, some letters join, others do not. Some sounds are there in English (e.g. p, g, v, and sort of, t and d)but not in Arabic, some in Arabic but not in English (H, kh, S, T,D, DH, 3, gh, Q). Numbers wont look special in Arabic. Taking an English and trying to write it in Arabic script may just make an Arab laugh.

      RESPECT

      Many people say that Arabic is a divine language. It would have been insignificant and despised, were it not for the Qur'an, which raised it in rank and preserved it for all time. You may sense that Muslims are passionate about their faith and get hurt if it is disrespected - basically because their religion is nothing like the negative portrayal that it is given, in fact they see it as being about gentleness, love, care for fellow humans and treading a steady path to the meeting with God. So if you are going to the trouble of a tattoo in a foreign language it makes sense to try to respect the traditions of that language as well - i.e. do the job properly.

      So there are words and phrases that should be avoided, just because you are decent and respectful and you want people to see you that way, so here goes:

      1. Names of God. A definite no-no to have a name of God on your body, and even worse, on your but or legs or feet or ankles. There are about a hundred different names of God in the Qur'an, e.g. the Merciful, Compassionate, Loving, Most pitying, Kind, Generous, Nurturer, Creator, Subtle, Ultimate Originator of things, First, Last, Evident, Hidden, All Hearing, All Seeing, Most knowing, Most Wise, Forgiver, Effacer of Sins, Elevator, Debaser, Most High, Tremendous, Magestic etc etc

      2. Names of Prophet Muhammad or other prophets - many are mentioned in the Qur'an and venerated by Muslims, e.g. Jesus, Abraham, Moses, Noah, etc

      3. Verses or phrases from the Qur'an or hadith - sayings of the prophet Muhammad - which number in the tens of thousands.

      4. Names of leading figures in Islamic history, particularly Prophet Muhammad's disciples or family

      e.g. having Hasan or Husayn or Fatima on your ankkle, foot, backside or lower back would be seen as ignorant and distasteful/ rude.

      CALLIGRAPHY

      You may have seen some Arabic and been struck by its beauty. This is probably because it was embellished with calligraphy. Plain Arabic is ok, but when adorned by a classical calligraphic style, it becomes simply stunning, jaw-dropping.

      To become a calligrapher however takes years of learning and practising, of an art that goes back over a thousand years.

      If you are going to the trouble of translating into arabic, and you are going to display this art work on your body for years and years and years, then why not make it stunning? Because that is part of the reason for the tattoo anyway isn't it?

      So it pays to hunt around for a calligrapher to take your word and transform it into something astounding.

      I have come across this site: http://www.arabiccalligrapher.com/

      Josh does not seem to be Muslim (I think he's Jewish) so he seems to be happy to help people with tattoos and at a very decent price.

      I have to say, I'm really impressed with this chap. He is a professionally trained master of calligraphy as well has have a good knowledge of Arabic, the Quran and Arabic poetry, the Islamic faith as well as other Eatern languages e.g. Persian - which is one of the world's leading languages for poetry - the language used by Rumi.

      And Josh's calligraphy is exquisite.

      If he agrees to do you a design, you will be a lucky person and turn heads where ever you go ;-)

      Regards

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      stephanie 5 years ago

      how do you write Freedom is God in arabic? respond at stephie_810@hotmail.com

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      Betty 5 years ago

      How do you put Betty in Arabic?

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      tattoos 5 years ago

      i check it ..The first one is not Arabic ..It is Bengali (Indian Language ) Word..

      Any way good collection.

      Thank You :)

      John leana

      http://www.tattoos-malu-art.com/

      http://tattoos-malu-art.blogspot.com/

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      Pemma 5 years ago

      To be honest, so what if it's miss - spelt (or not even forming a readable word), if you get it for the right reasons it doesn't matter. People who are complaining about these obviously haven't got tattoos and/or don't understand what it is to have one. All of my tattoos mean something special to me, so what if they aren't accurate? And yes, I do have one 'Arabic' tattoo. I knew there was a bigger than average chance that it would be wrong when I got it done but it's beautiful and meant a lot at the time. And still does.

      The comments section here seems to be a Snobs Anonymous... feel free to dispute.

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      viva la vida 5 years ago

      hellooo!! how do i translate Viva la Vida into Arabic?!

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      Sarf 5 years ago

      Its look like BENGALI or some Indian script

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      dee 5 years ago

      guys don't be fooled it most of it are stupid stuff , and with out a meaning , and its rediculous accourding to people who speak the language i mean there are nice stuff you could tattoo in arabic but definetly not from this site

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      Neda 5 years ago

      I really want to start a website now for correcting these Tattos...

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      realdeal 5 years ago

      its all arabic hebrew and bengali both look completely different to arabic. do you really think anybody would get half a tattoo in one languach and half in the other??? morons...

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      Gina 5 years ago

      OMG I feel so bad for the last one the letters are totally messed up it doesn't even make sense it's like ur trying to write beautiful but instead it's bturwatuil..that sucks!!

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      Arabic calligrapher 5 years ago

      Ok, so as many people have pointed out, many of these are completely wrong. those that aren't wrong look like they were spit out of a computer, which they were.

      If you want to get a tattoo in Arabic translated by an Arabic-speaking human being and hand-written in calligraphy, go to http://www.arabiccalligrapher.com/?page_id=17

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      dikshit 5 years ago

      hey...plzz i want d arabic translation of LOVE YOU MOM DAD...plzz plzzzz

      plzzz

      plzzz

      plzzzzz

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      libqt 5 years ago

      can someone show me blessed in the Lebanese arabic?

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      colliflower 5 years ago

      all I can say is IM!

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      ASHSIH 5 years ago

      I WANT 2 DO SOME TATTOO IN MY NECK

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      yara Dowani 5 years ago

      one love is : ?? ????

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      learn-arabic-free 5 years ago

      Gaby, Determination in Arabic means Esrar, spelled like this:

      ??????

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      Jenkins 5 years ago

      @Hasheem could you translate The Great One in Arabic for me? My e mail is tenneajenkins@gmail.com

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      mehraj 5 years ago

      its nice... but not on legs

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      gaby 6 years ago

      hi can anyone help me figure out how to spell determination in arabic.

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      melissa 6 years ago

      The third picture is not Arab but Hebrew!

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      St 6 years ago

      If someone goes and gets the first picture tattooed on themselves thinking its arabic, I WILL LAUGH. Will be frickin hilarious.

      It's in Bengali btw just saying. :P

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      Arab American 6 years ago

      Hey numb nuts. Arabic does not equal Muslim. Do your research. There are plenty of Christians that live in middle east countries and speak the native language. Wow you are dumb. Almost shockingly so.

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      Katie 6 years ago

      @ Hashem

      Thankyou so so much, I really appreciate your help! :)

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      Hashem 6 years ago

      @ katie

      "sunshine" in Arabic is "sun ray" which is very formal & will look very bad & lose its meaning. so for a better outcome you can use "light" instead of "sunshine".

      so, "you are my light": ??? ????

      & to avoid text errors on HTML (some times Arabic letters get reversed on web pages) here is an image of how it's going to look http://i43.servimg.com/u/f43/15/43/55/55/new_bi12....

      for any question you can reach me via personal note on http://hashem37927.deviantart.com/

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      katie 6 years ago

      Hi I am sorry to be a pain as I can see you have a lot of people asking for your help but i was wondering if you could please translate “you are my sunshine” for me. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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      Naomi 6 years ago

      Hilal: i am getting a tattoo which reads Nan and Pops i was wondering if you could translate this into arabic for me please or anyone that knows how to speak/write arabic i am getting the tatoo tomorrow and greatly appreciate any help. i have got some off the internet but not sure if this is correct. thankyou. Naomi

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      Hashem 6 years ago

      @dallas

      it will sound very long + you can't always translate proverbs & get the same poetic or meaningful outcome.

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      dallas 6 years ago

      can someone put this quote into arabic

      don't need easy, just possible

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      translater 6 years ago

      IF ANYONE WANTS A TRANSLATE GO TO GOOGLE.COM TYPE IN TRANSLATE ..THEN CHANGE THE BOX TO TRANSLATE ENGLISH TO ARABIC OR WHATEVER LANGUAGE YOU NEED

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      Anwar 6 years ago

      Can anyone translate , If im not myself who will be me? into Arabic please

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      Ahmed 6 years ago

      Fran... freedom is written like ?????

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      Fran 6 years ago

      I want to know how I write freedom in Arabic

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      scott  6 years ago

      anyone needs something translated just ask

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      David 6 years ago

      Akilah - ?????

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      Hashem 6 years ago

      another thing, translating English to Arabic may have "corny" results i.e. the sentence may sound poetic with a deep meaning in English but very silly & childish in Arabic.

      so before "branding" yourself for life ask a native-Arabic speaker.

      ask me if you want on http://hashem37927.deviantart.com/

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      Hashem 6 years ago

      I'm an Arabic-native speaker & the tattoos in here are "rough" translations & not very accurate!

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      shefie 6 years ago

      shefie50@hotmail.com

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      Shefie 6 years ago

      Would someone like to translate this for me:

      21 6 Kyara R G

      I'm a muslim woman but unfortunately i cant write in Arabic.

      I Really would like to have a correct tattoo in Arabic Spelling!

      Thank you for helping me out!

      Shefie

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      alex 6 years ago

      'LOVE' IS ????

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      Hamad 6 years ago

      if anyone needs Arabic translation, email me and i'll be glad to help!! h.a.n8@hotmail.com

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      stacey 6 years ago

      Anyone able to help looking to get a new tattoo, and would like to get 'fix you' written in arabic, means a lot and would be a great help. thanks.

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      ahmad 6 years ago

      that's word not arabic im syrian boy and i know arabic that's not arabic maybe iranian but not arabic

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      Ankur 6 years ago

      The first pic actually not Arabic as labeled as ""Beautiful" Arabic tattoos" - it is Bengali (Bangla) word, pronounce: Shundori - which means Beautiful (Female).

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      jonz 6 years ago

      mistake!!! choose the my first post. my email m4dn3ss8080@gmail.com

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      jonz 6 years ago

      i looking for an excellent translation for this please. Just pure text no designs.

      He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.

      He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

      he burns the shields[d] with fire.

      He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

      pls send it to my email. thank you in advance.

      m4dn3ss8080@gmail.com

      I will be exalted among the nations,

      I will be exalted in the earth

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      jonz 6 years ago

      i looking for an excellent translation for this please. Just pure text no designs.

      He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.

      He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

      he burns the shields[d] with fire.

      He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

      I will be exalted among the nations,

      I will be exalted in the earth

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      Janet 6 years ago

      that picture on top that says "beautiful" that alphabet is not Arabic. Its Bengsli :)

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      Hayley 6 years ago

      please can someone translate nan and grandad for me please, im desperate for the real thing before i get it tattooed.

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      Cool Words Guy 6 years ago

      Good point about getting your tattoo to be looked at by native speakers before getting it.

      I'm fluent in Mandarin Chinese and often see people with tattoos where the meaning is completely different from what they think. Often in some pretty comical ways!

      Anyways, I have always thought Arabic writing looks really cool. Maybe I will get one for my next tattoo.

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      Bobbie(: 6 years ago

      Someone please help me! Im getting so many different ways! Some very kind person translate 'never stop dreaming' for me but not using translators! bobbiehudson.x@gmail.com pleaseeee

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      chloe 6 years ago

      hello i want to get an arabic tattoo i want them to say love and another to say music and also strength, perseverance and courage anyone who can help me please send me a mail at blackmickimouse_85@yahoo.com or chloe.reynolds09@gmail.com. please.

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      Rashid 6 years ago

      Hi guys

      I am from Middle east (Qatar),i just want you know that there are a lot of mistakes>Every body should check his tattoos SPELLING

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      memo  6 years ago

      I am an Arab and i feel resentment when i see the incorrect arabic tattoo in spelling

      I am happy to translate anything in English to Arabic, this is my email (memobalawi@hotmail.com) connect with me

      Peace (???? )

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      giselle 6 years ago

      can anyone transalate blessed to arabics PLEASE

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      I am arabic and those tattoos r not correct espicially the last one !!!!! it doesn't have any meaning and love meaning is ???? and not ?????? !!!!!!!!!

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      Gladys 6 years ago

      Hi, my name is Gladys,

      i would like to know how do u write "Live for the moment." in araibic ...

      send the translation to my email please and thank you

      Gmmartinez13@aol.com

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      aLi 6 years ago

      can someone mail me at alireplay@yahoo.com and tell me how do I write "Forbidden Love" in arabic, please!

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      Salah 6 years ago

      hahahahah that super funny!!

      if anyone want to have a specific word from English to Arabic please don't hesitate to contact me, I am from Middle East Kuwait. I speak/write the correct Arabic Language. The Arabic Language is my first language so don't worry, I will never ever trick you. You can search for it or ask anyone about my translation.

      My Email: Dragonarab@gmail.com

      Feel free to ask me anything, and pass my emails to your friends if they want the same request.

      Best Regards

      Salah

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      Nicki Star 6 years ago

      I want to know where to go to get someone who can tat and speak Arabic...I'm in Los Angeles, CA

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      EmJay! 6 years ago

      well most of them are screwed up big time lol

      Guys if you need help you can contact me on

      Th3.lif3.hat3r@gmail.com

      And yeah i do respond

      PeaceOut

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      Hilal 6 years ago

      too many mistakes! the first one isn't even in arabic.

      the only one that looks good is "Love".

      and the one titled "Forgiveness" is in hebrew not arabic. and btw its spelled wrong not to mention that the enteded word even if was spelled right would be wrong anyway.

      source: i can speak/read/write arabic and hebrew.

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      destiny 6 years ago

      this is a cool website i think iwanna steal the one tht says peace onlii because its cute and im gay and i think me andd all of other gays deserve peace and why not a better way saying it by puuting a beautiful tatto like that on meeh #CuteAssf and agrred the last one was a major hot mess not tlkingg about her extra skin but the fact that it was not ment to be put there she should have gott it onn herr shoulderr at the topp probally would have been supper duper cute just saying(:

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      unknow 6 years ago

      ??? ??? ??

      ??? ?????? ???

      hi i do not know arabic someone wrote this to my girl can someone translate please

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      Carol 6 years ago

      I need a favor can someone here tell me if this arabic translation for I love my family is correct? ??? ??? ?????? I've made a research on internet and I got this, is it right? Thanks guys!

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      bushraismail 6 years ago from ASIA

      muslims wear earings don't they?? so they pierce>> nose ring etc..

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      Jurji 6 years ago

      Hahaha! Morons.

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      bushraismail 6 years ago from ASIA

      the very fist tattoo is not Arabic. the one at the beginning.

      and as u say the laST ONE IS CRAP. i feel so sorry for her..

      it cannot be read.

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      Noel 6 years ago

      The first pic is correct it says "relatives; brother" though and not just "brother"

      and teh last picture that should say "Serenity, strength, courage" is sooooo wrong - its spelt wrong (the first letter shoukld be last the last letter should be in the middle type of mistake) hey at least all the correct letters are there somewhere loool

      Any ways lots asked what love is in arabic its: ????? for 'the love' between man and woman- it back translatate as "the love"

      as for love in general ?????? meaning "love" (but the general kind)

      Anyways tatoos suck - don't put something on your body that you'll regret later ....

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      bushraismail 6 years ago from ASIA

      dear sister nice hub but you are wrong when you say that islam forbids piercing. muslims do pierce. so make sure you get the information right next time.

      and dear the first picture is not Arabic!!!!!

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      Lubna 6 years ago

      Guys these are all wrong! haha especially the last one she has all her letters messed up!

      Arabic calligraphy is beautiful, i suggest you always make sure of the spelling and fonts etc.. before you tattoo something on your skin FOREVER!

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      Mohamad 6 years ago

      Everything is a lie that is in some photos: American Meat! Car, Bakery. It is unfortunate to see people being duped.

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      thatshow 6 years ago

      love in Arabic is ??

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      nana_pepe 6 years ago

      I have question: "??????? ??? ??????

      can anybody translate this for me :}:}:}

      I want do a tattoo and it's look gorgues but I don't know what it's mean ;p

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      passion 6 years ago

      black girl looks bootiful

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      jess 6 years ago

      crap tattoos lol!

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      groovydogg 6 years ago

      brother the first few..means..he is one of the first people in a brotherhood..maybe its just a group of friends..but phrase like that usually used in a motorcycle club or group or gang..